Butterfly Fish in our Reef Tanks

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  1. brentv

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    Reefers,
    We all pushing for such nice coral diversity in our tanks these days, and Angelfish have become a huge part of this being some of the most beautiful fish you can introduce into this mix.
    Now Butteflyfish are definitely a great next challenge in the step towards combining everything that actually is seen on a natural reef.
    I've done loads of research, and am actually ready to start introducing this species to my tank.
    I would like to know how others have faired? what corals seem to be bullet proof against these notorious polyp munchers and see what luck others are having out there:)

    Here is a few years ago article on it... but not much written about it since (If you search google?!)

    Keeping butterflyfish in reefs: What to look out for and what to avoid
     
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    I got a Diphreutes butterfly fish. Best is you can keep 2 or 3 together, if you add them at the same time.

    They are reefsafe. Just be careful not to get the acuminatus that is NOT reefsafe.
     
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    CBB are reef safe In my experience.
     
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    A good recent revisit by Bob. Well worth adding to your aquarium e-books collection.

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    Good read that
     
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    Been on the prowl for schooling Banners Riaan, but you never see them at an LFS or on lists.
    Would certainly add one of those
     
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    Zoster butterflyfish or pyramid butterfly
     
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    One butterfly fish I would take w chance with is a chaetodon semilavartus...it's one of the prettiest butterflies in my opinion and it can be kept in pairs or small groups.
     
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    What is a CBB?
     
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    Copperband Butterfly
     
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    I got mine by luck. As it came in. And it was from a tank breakdown, so not even on a stock list for that pet shop.

    I think I saw only once before 3 of them at a LFS, about 2 years ago. Moolis Pet Stop had them. Never saw them again. They are so awesome. I would have like 2 or 3 of them.

    But yes, they do get whitespot easily. Best to start with them with the bucket method.
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Tagging along :)
     
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    i saw one at a local lfs in cape town the weekend past.
     
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    The Semilavartus are great.
    Anyone tried some of the deepwater species?
    Burgessi, Tinkeri, etc?
    And C. Collare?
     
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    I had a Hemitaurichthys polylepis for many years fantastic fish both character and looks, never once picked at corals.
     
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    Always wanted to try a pair of Chaetodon ephippium but never got round to it
     
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